Fall gardening workshop set for Saturday, August 28

Gardeners get fall plants started in anticipation of a Thanksgiving harvest. (Photo by Alix Blair)

This summer’s less-than-perfect gardening conditions are no reason to throw in the trowel.

Instead, get some tips on growing a great fall and winter vegetable garden that will grace your table with fresh veggies in the months to come. Join gardener Trish Hildinger for a lecture and demonstration workshop on “Planting the Thanksgiving Feast” at the UC Santa Cruz Farm on Saturday, August 28 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Hildinger, an experienced gardening instructor, will teach you how to plan ahead and extend your gardening season with timely tips on what to plant and how to plant for harvest at Thanksgiving and through the winter. The class will be geared toward beginning gardeners.

Included will be information on vegetables that perform well in the Monterey Bay region, direct seeding and transplanting techniques, and soil preparation for fall planting. Planting a late-summer garden is a great way to save money on your fall and winter grocery bills.

Cost of the workshop is $15 for members of the Friends of the UCSC Farm and Garden, and $20 for the general public, payable the day of the class (check or cash only). No pre-registration is necessary. Meet at the Louise Cain Gatehouse on the UCSC Farm. Wear comfortable walking shoes and sun protection. There will be a break during the class, so bring a snack or lunch. Memberships to the Friends of the Farm and Garden are available at the workshop.

For more information, call (831) 459-3240, email casfs@ucsc.edu, or see http://casfs.ucsc.edu. The workshop is cosponsored by the Center for Agroecology & Sustainable Food Systems and the Friends of the UCSC Farm & Garden.

The UCSC Farm is located 1/4 mile up the gravel road above the Blacksmith Shop; free public parking is available across the street from the Blacksmith Shop in the Physical Plant parking lot, just inside the main entrance to the UCSC campus.